Certified Crop Advisor training conducted by NRCS on November 30 - December 2, 2010, included an an update to TSP requirements for the development of Conservation Activity Plans (CAP). The following information was obtained from a slide presentation being shown at the CCA training, by Dale Gates, NRCS TSP Coordinator.
TSPs will no longer be required to complete an Environmental Evaluation for Conservation Activity Plans (CAPS) including Comprehensive Nutrient Management. Plan (CNMP) the CAPS starting in 2011.
NRCS will be expected to complete the CPA-52 for CAP plans submitted.
The CAP plan must be complete and contain the information necessary for NRCS to complete the CPA-52.
The CPA-52 is an effective tool to present alternatives with appropriate evaluations.
Continued use as a tool by TSPs for CAPS is encouraged.
This policy only applies to CAPS at the current time. Other Non-CAP plans (CAFO CNMPs and other plans not subject to NRCS review) require the completion of the CPA-52 by the planner (completion to the appropriate level).
Conservation Activity Plans
Conservation Activity Plans to be offered in 2011: